National Cultural Heritage Law Moot Court Competition

Save-the-date for the 2017 National Cultural Heritage Law Moot Court Competition!

DePaul University College of Law and the Lawyers’ Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation are pleased to announce that registration for the 2017 National Cultural Heritage Law Moot Court Competition will open in August 2016.

The Competition allows students to compete through oral and written advocacy in the nuanced landscape of cultural heritage law. Past competition topics include: the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act and the act of state doctrine; First and Fifth Amendment challenges to the Visual Artists Rights Act of 1990; statutory interpretation questions regarding the Convention on Cultural Property Implementation Act; the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act and the Takings Clause of the Fifth Amendment; the constitutionality of the Theft of Major Artwork Act, passed under the Commerce Clause; the Immunity from Seizure Act and the equitable defense of laches; and the mens rea requirement and extraterritorial application of the Archaeological Resources Protection Act.

The Competition is open to 26 two- and three-member student teams from ABA-accredited or provisionally accredited law schools. Each school may register up to two teams at a fee of $450 per team. The registration deadline is November 17, 2016, and the problem will be released on November 18, 2016. For more information, please visit the Competition website or email us at

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